I am Righteous

Like a Tree… (4)

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They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3

Who are they? “They” are those who have been saved and belong to God. “They” are those redeemed from poverty, brokenness, and despair. “They” are us.

We are called oaks of righteousness—two words we may not be comfortable owning, but who’s to argue with Isaiah? This is what I know about oaks:

  • Oaks are hardy, adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions and not prone to disease.
  • They thrive worldwide, reach fifty to seventy feet, and can live longer than 200 years.
  • Their wood is not only beautifully grained but is hard—used for ships of old and preferred for flooring and furniture.
  • Oak trees are considered one of the best shade trees and have long been a symbol of strength, wisdom, and stability.

Durable. Adaptable. Healthy. Strong. Stately. Beautiful. Feeling even less like an oak? We’ve not yet touched on the righteousness aspect.

Righteous—yes, you are, as am I. Even though I was angry yesterday, struggle with self-pity today, was jealous of my friend and doubted God, I am righteous because I am a “planting of the Lord.”

  • Because of His rescue and forgiveness,
  • Because my extensive taproot system seeks the water He supplies,
  • Because I am His planting,
  • Because God has made me so, I am righteous, and so are you.

My leaves will shade those who need respite from the heat, my acorns will fall and reproduce, I will stand as a symbol of strength and dignity—all for the display of His splendor.

I am righteous.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie Grant
    Feb 28, 2019 @ 13:37:35

    My desire is that my oak would be so rooted that nothing or no one could shake the foundation He has placed within me.

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  2. Katie Sweeting
    Feb 28, 2019 @ 17:11:42

    What a wonderful picture of God’s grace- that He would call us oaks if righteousness!!

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  3. Marilyn Schryvers
    Feb 28, 2019 @ 19:38:24

    Barbara our good friend Dot Molnar passed away this morning. I wish she
    could have read some of your inspirational writings

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  4. Barbara
    Feb 28, 2019 @ 20:00:13

    Wow! Thanks for telling me, Lynn. I always loved Dot. And thanks for your kind words about my blog.

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